Nearly perfect since its introduction in 1958, the semihollow ES-335 is one of the most versatile electric guitars ever developed. With its new Ultra-339 model, Epiphone has improved the classic semihollow guitar design by using a smaller body and adding updates, like a NanoMag pickup system and a USB output. As a result, the Ultra-339 provides greater playing comfort, a variety of acoustic-electric and classic electric tones and the ability to plug into a computer to control amp and effect emulation software without an external I/O device, all without sacrificing the sexy looks, awesome sound and exceptional playability that have made the ES-style semihollow electric a timeless instrument.
You don't have to be surf-rock legend Dick Dale to appreciate a touch of reverb on your guitar's signal. Even a smattering of reverb adds character and generally makes things sound warmer, friendlier and twangier, all while fooling your poor brain into thinking you're rocking out in a fan-packed stadium.
Moriae is a newer pedal company from northern Japan. Company-wise, there's not too much information is out there, so I was excited to find out what they’re all about. Besides the Lapis Lazuli Delay pedal reviewed below, the company offers distortion and fuzz pedals. The Lapis Lazuli Delay is no-nonsense digital delay with plenty of tones in a simple, rugged three-knob box.
In the following video, Guitar World's Paul Riario tries out the new Devil Drive pedal from Solid Gold FX, an overdrive pedal that that will give your sound that extra boost without destroying your amp's inherent tone.
PRS Guitars has introduced the P22 Trem model guitar. The solidbody piezo-equipped P22 Trem is essentially two guitars in one, providing the same classic humbucker tones and authentic acoustic sounds as the original P22 now with the added versatility of PRS’ prized tremolo bridge.
Positive Grid may be a newcomer to the ever-expanding world of amp-and-effect emulation apps, but it has quickly established a reputation for designing some of the best-sounding apps for guitarists on the market today. Its flagship product—the JamUp Pro XT app for Apple iOS devices—provides six amp models and 16 effects, which can be expanded up to 26 different amp models and 34 effects by purchasing optional expansion packs and individual models.p.
Blane Mullinax isn’t interested in joining the ranks of pickup manufacturers who hand-wind spot-on recreations of yesteryear’s pickups. Instead, he winds vintage-style pickups for players who want an entirely new sound. What’s more, he winds only single-coils, believing that humbuckers muddy the waters of an instrument’s musical potential and that a second coil isn’t necessary to ensure quiet operation.
RainSong continues to expand its line of graphite guitars with its new Shorty models, the company’s first guitars with short-scale necks that meet the body at the 12th fret. The Shorty models also have the smallest body shape of any RainSong guitar, making them the perfect choice for players who prefer Orchestra Model–style guitars.
Solidbody electric guitar makers in the mid Seventies became obsessed with the notion that greater mass equals increased sustain, resulting in multilaminate neck-through-body “hippie sandwich” instruments with brass hardware that tipped the scales at 12 pounds or more.